A former Office of Emergency Management chief who was fired for mishandling the city’s response to a snowstorm — but refused to immediately quit — has landed a job with the city’s Buildings Department.
Joseph Esposito, a longtime city official who was also the NYPD’s longest-serving department chief, has been named the DOB’s new deputy enforcement commissioner, the agency announced on Twitter Friday.
“Joe brings decades of civic leadership experience in New York City to the department and will strive to keep the city’s building environment safe and up to code,” the agency said.
In a statement, Esposito said it was “an honor to continue to serve the people of New York at the Department of Buildings.”
Esposito, 72, was fired as an OEM commissioner in 2018 following will-a-drama-stay-or-will-it-go involving former mayor Bill de Blasio and his aides, who seemed unable to fire him directly.
After accusing him of mishandling a surprise snowstorm on Nov. 15, 2018 that sparked a nightmare for commuters, Deputy Mayor Laura Anglin demanded his resignation, but Esposito adamantly refused and continued working throughout this weekend and into the following week.
The marching orders, apparently, had to come from de Blasio, who repeatedly wavered over the decision and made no commitment to fire the longtime cop.
On December 3, two weeks after the snowstorm and three days after being fired by Anglin, de Blasio finally had an interview with Esposito.
Later that day, de Blasio announced that the city would be looking for a new OEM commissioner.
But Esposito still hasn’t left: he has been allowed to remain in charge of the OEM until a replacement is found. He finally left in June 2019.
“I can’t wait to take a vacation and a break from Twitter! he joked on social media at the time.
Esposito joined the NYPD in 1968 and was named department chief in 2000. He spent the next 13 years as department chief, serving two police commissioners, until his retirement in 2013. He was appointed OEM commissioner a year later.